What Walter White Should have Done: Ways Real People Have Gotten Rich with Smarts and Elbow Grease

Breaking Bad is one of the best shows in the history of TV. It centers around a high school teacher who finds out he has cancer and tries to raise money for his family by making and selling the world’s finest (blue) crystal meth.

What makes the main protagonist of Walter White interesting is his pride: it’s his pride that made him abandon a billion-dollar business opportunity years before the starting events of the series, and it’s his pride that keeps him from quitting the drug business even when he has enough money or other help is offered. He firmly thinks making meth is the best way he can make a killer income and won’t give up his claim to fame.

It’s too bad such a smart guy like Walter White never read the awesome get-rich stories on this list. These are people who had nothing, not even capital, yet built empires using nothing but their wit and countless hours of hard work.

Jon Morrow

Jon Morrow is one of the most amazing bloggers in the world. He’s built a million-dollar business with his freelance writing courses. He runs his own site Boost Blog Traffic, and his written for Kiss Metrics and Copyblogger.

He was born with a degenerative disease known as Spinal Muscular Atrohpy, which has left him confined to a wheelchair and unable to move any part of his body apart from his head.

Jon started off working in real estate, but always wanted to be a writer. After a car crash made him rethink his life, Jon decided to pursue his dream.

He went on to write hundreds of guest blog posts to build his name. Now he’s one of the top writers on the web and lives in a luxury estate in Palm Beach Florida (he used to live in a luxury estate in Mexico).

Lewis Howes

Lewis Howes is another major internet entrepreneur who got his start after an accident.

Lewis was really into athletics since his youth. He got into professional arena football and thought he was on his way to stardom when an accident left him unable to continue his career.

Devastated, Lewis found himself unemployed and without a college degree living on his sister’s sofa. However, he quickly found success on LinkedIn, creating athletic professionals groups that grew to thousands of members. Lewis leveraged the groups to become a popular speaker and LinkedIn consultant before developing a webinar course that’s become a seven-figure business.

Mascara de Latex

Inspiring entrepreneurs don’t just come from the US. Mascara de Latex is the business persona of Bruno Darks, a Mexico City-based maker of comic book and pop culture-themes shirts, hats, and other collectibles. He started out making shirts from his home, promoting his creations on Facebook. Darks used his following to open a store in Mexico City. Now he’s opened two more.

It just goes to show the power of branding.

Melissa Lake

Melissa is the proud owner and chief designer at SandiLake Clothing. They make modern and creative clothing right in Portland, Oregon and ship it out all across the country. They have a massive fanbase, with 20,400 followers on Instagram.

Melissa’s designs are so good, in fact, that Target tried to steal her ideas. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Pat Flynn

At the height of the 2008 Recession, Pat Flynn lost his job as an architect. Instead of doing the traditional job search, he decided to start a website dedicated to helping prospective architects pass the LEED exam. Successful SEO and monetization allowed him to make passive income to support his family. Now he blogs about his work creating passive income streams at Smart Passive Income  and makes over $1 million a year from ad revenue, affiliate sales, and speaking engagements.

As you can see, you can strike it rich without having to resort to drug dealing. Hopefully, these stories get you pumped and thinking about your own awesome venture.